Familiar spirits were a particularly British aspect of Witchcraft. Perhaps none was so famous as 'Boye': the enormous white dog who accompanied Prince Rupert on his campaigns from 1642-44. Seen as a talisman, mascot, & victory bringer by the Royalists; and as an agent of the Devil, a shape-changing, Lappish witch by their Parliamentary foes: 'Boye' was equally celebrated and derided in print, painting, & pamphlet over the course of his short life.
This talk will look at the rise and fall of the 'Witch Dog' and the manner in which he continues to capture the imagination and interest of modern day authors and playwrights.
Thursday 10 April 2008
Big Cats Around The Capital
Exotic felids and mystery cats